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Telescopes large and small team up to study triple asteroid

Marchis: ‘(Sylvia) is a great target for the first generation of adaptive optics systems available on these large telescopes’

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Evidence for densest galaxy in nearby Universe

MEDIA RELEASE The densest galaxy in the nearby Universe may have been found. Packed with an extraordinary number of stars, this unusual galaxy is providing astronomers with clues to its intriguing past and how it fits into the galactic evolutionary chain. The galaxy, known as M60-UCD1, is a type of “ultra-compact dwarf galaxy.” It was […]

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New class of star cluster discovered

MEDIA RELEASE Star clusters with properties not seen before have been discovered by an international team of astrophysicists, led by Swinburne University of Technology’s Professor Duncan Forbes. Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, the researchers found several star clusters with sizes and masses that were previously […]

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Scientists discover system with three planets in habitable zone

MEDIA RELEASE A team of scientists recently confirmed six, and possibly seven, planets orbiting a star system only 22 light-years from Earth. More importantly, three of those planets are super-Earths, lying in the Goldilocks Zone where liquid water could exist, making them possible candidates for the presence of life. This is the first system found […]

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International team on Keck Observatory strengthens Big Bang Theory

MEDIA RELEASE An international team of scientists using the most powerful telescope on Earth has discovered the moments just after the Big Bang happened more like the theory predicts, eliminating a significant discrepancy that troubled physicists for two decades. The discovery will be published in the international journal Astronomy & Astrophysics on June 6. One […]

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UCI sientists size up universe’s most lightweight dwarf galaxy with Keck Observatory

MEDIA RELEASE The least massive galaxy in the known universe has been measured by UC Irvine scientists, clocking in at just 1,000 or so stars with a bit of dark matter holding them together. The findings, made with the W. M. Keck Observatory and published today in The Astrophysical Journal, offer tantalizing clues about how […]

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Mega-galaxy is missing link in history of cosmos

HXMM01 is the brightest, most luminous and most gas-rich submillimeter-bright galaxy merger known

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View annular solar eclipse at Keck HQ (May 9)

MEDIA RELEASE Join staff at Keck Observatory headquarters Thursday afternoon to watch the partial solar eclipse. A solar telescope will be set up (weather permitting), as well as an astrophysicist or two to answer questions. All are welcome. WHEN: 3-5 p.m. Thursday, May 9 WHERE: W. M. Keck Observatory, 65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy., Waimea, HI — […]

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Keck discovers rain falling from Saturn’s rings

MEDIA RELEASE NASA funded observations on the W. M. Keck Observatory with analysis led by the University of Leicester, England tracked the “rain” of charged water particles into the atmosphere of Saturn and found the extent of the ring-rain is far greater, and falls across larger areas of the planet, than previously thought. The work […]

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Senate commemorates 20th anniversary of Keck Observatory

MEDIA RELEASE The Hawaii State Senate has recognized and commemorated the 20th anniversary of the W.M. Keck Observatory, located at the summit of Mauna Kea, during its Session. The telescopes, known as Keck I and Keck II, are located in the twin domes of the W.M. Keck Observatory and have been involved in the 20 […]

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NASA, Caltech Astronomers find potential energy supply for life on Europa

MEDIA RELEASE Observations of Europa from the W. M. Keck Observatory help NASA and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) astronomers go one step further in demonstrating life may be possible in the ocean of one of Jupiter’s moons. In addition to the known existence of water, a paper published today shows hydrogen peroxide is abundant […]

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Astronomers detect water in atmosphere of distant planet

MEDIA RELEASE A team of international scientists using the W. M. Keck Observatory has made the most detailed examination yet of the atmosphere of a Jupiter-size planet beyond our Solar System. According to lead author Quinn Konopacky, an astronomer with the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto and a former Lawrence Livermore […]

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Science Camp donates scholarships for Keck auction

MEDIA RELEASE Science Camps of America has donated two scholarships to the Keck Observatory’s Science Camp for Teens in support of the Keck Observatory Week celebration. The scholarships are to be auctioned Saturday, March 16 at Star Struck: Keck Observatory Gala at The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Star Struck is a celebration of the Keck […]

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Astronomers open window into Europa’s ocean

MEDIA RELEASE With data collected from the mighty W. M. Keck Observatory, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) astronomer Mike Brown — known as the Pluto killer for discovering a Kuiper-belt object that led to the demotion of Pluto from planetary status — and Kevin Hand from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have found the strongest […]

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